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FIREFIGHTER FRANK by Monica Wellington


by Monica Wellington & illustrated by Monica Wellington

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-525-47021-2
Publisher: Dutton

While waiting for the alarm to sound, Firefight Frank finds many things to do around the firehouse, but he must drop everything when the bell begins to signal that his help is needed. Cleaning and maintaining the equipment is a priority to make sure that everything is in working order when it’s needed. The firefighters give tours and lessons on fire safety to visiting schoolchildren. They even go grocery shopping and cook together to ensure that they are ready at a moment’s notice. The beeping alarm spurs them into their equipment and into the waiting trucks. Once at the scene of the fire, the firefighters must use their knowledge and training to put it out and ensure that everyone reaches safety. Wellington’s (Apple Farmer Annie, 2001, etc.) trademark illustrations—flat, simple, and brightly crayon colored—introduce readers to the world and professions of firefighters. Full-page paintings feature the firefighters at work while opposing pages include the text surrounded by the equipment and tools that firefighters use. Fire-prevention and safety tips round out the informative package. Dedicated to the firefighters of New York City, this tribute to this challenging profession is sure to inspire children who dream of one day wearing the uniform. (Picture book. 3-6)